Beauty is Pain: My Experience Trying Epilation
A Personal Story About My Attempt at Getting a Super Smooth Bikini Line (That Isn’t Waxing)
Hello again friends!
Today’s post though, is about a very VERY recent experience I had trying epilation.
If you’ve never heard the term before, you’re not alone. I hadn’t either before recently! But Epilation is just another way of removing body hair, like shaving, waxing, or tweezing.
Seeing as epilation relates to both summer and beauty, it’s also another post that could fall into the “Lifestyle” category, but I’m calling it a personal story due to the fact that it does relate to dating and relationships.
And, because there’s a takeaway lesson to be learned. ?
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This particular post is mostly about me, but still… I’ll go ahead and keep the typical formula I use for Personal Stories by starting with the guy. ?
If you follow me on social media or you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, chances are, you’ve already heard quite a bit about John.
John is my current love interest – we’ve been together for about 9 months now and he’s one of the only people from my “real life” who’s aware of this blog (in fact, he’s even written a phenomenal guest post about orbiting for me!)
It’s Summer right now, so I’ve been spending more time by the pool. Which means I’ve also been spending more time in a bathing suit.
While I totally respect women who choose not to shave at all, I’m not one of them. I shave my legs, my underarms, and yes, I also shave… ahem… down there. And, as all my fellow bikini-shavers out there know, that is the WORST.
For one thing – the skin there is more sensitive, which means it’s more prone to cuts, nicks, and razor burn. Also – no matter how often I shave or how fresh a razor I use, I can never seem to fully remove the stubble. It certainly doesn’t help that I have dark hair, too. Plus, I’ve been blessed with extremely sensitive skin, so, you know… that’s fun. ?
Anyway, since the idea of having visible bikini-line hair makes me incredibly self-conscious, I’m always on the hunt for a more effective method of hair-removal from different razors to using baby-oil instead of shaving cream (which I highly recommend trying.) I’ve even tried waxing, which… uh, no. Never again.
If you’re not familiar with epilation, it’s similar to waxing in that it pulls the hair out from the root, but unlike waxing it’s done using a mechanical device called an epilator. It also can remove shorter hairs than waxing, takes less time, and isn’t as messy.
But, not going to lie. It hurts like a bitch.
The Experience – Trying Epilation
As soon as I learned about this newfound hair-removal method, I was hell-bent on trying epilation for myself. I figured it had to be better than waxing.
After doing some research about the best epilators to use, I chose to buy the Braun Silk-Epil 9. It certainly wasn’t cheap, but, knowing how low my pain tolerance is, I wanted to make sure to get one with good reviews. (Another alternative, though, if you’re wanting to save some money is the Philips Beauty Satinelle.)
If you’re interested in trying Epilation, here are some other epilators to consider!
Then, it was time to actually try the damn thing.
This is probably not recommended (in fact, I can almost guarantee it’s not), but I decided to start with the bikini area. Really, though, that’s the sole reason I set out on trying epilation. I don’t mind shaving my legs and underarms – even every day during the summer – so I didn’t see a point in using it anywhere else.
You can use an epilator in the shower, but I knew upfront that it wasn’t going to be pleasant, so I opted to do it post-shower while laying down on my bed. (And, yes, it was weird at first.)
I also decided that the best, and easiest way to do this was to have John help me. (And, actually, this wasn’t weird – not even at first.)
To start with, I did the epilation myself and, I have to tell you, it was PAINFUL. I’d say it was almost as painful as waxing, honestly. John, then, was just there for moral support. ?
But, as my lady readers out there know, there are certain spots that are hard to reach, or just more sensitive. When I got to those areas, that’s where having John there really came in handy. That’s right – he did parts of it for me.
I won’t get too graphic here, lest I embarrass him, but let’s just say it was much, much easier having his assistance.
Having your romantic partner help you with your hair removal is a bit odd, I’ll admit. I know some people do do that for… foreplay (or as a fetish, which, you know – you do you) but this was strictly practical. Trust me – even if I was into that kind of thing, there was nothing sexy or romantic about this experience.
BUT – there is something romantic about having a partner so willing to do that for me. It wasn’t enjoyable for him, either, yet he was attentive, calm, and helpful with it.
He was ALSO supportive of my desire to do this whole hair removal
Because, really, I did it for me. He made sure to tell me (especially when I was in so much pain) that he didn’t care if I had hair there or not.
And, I gotta say, that’s goals right there.
So to all of you out there, here’s my life lesson from this personal story: get you someone who’s willing to help you in an uncomfortable or embarrassing situation.
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Conclusion: Trying Epilation for the First Time
Hopefully you enjoyed this post! Next time, I’ll give you some of my best tips for trying epilation because, now that I’ve done it a few times, I’ve got plenty of advice to share.
Have you ever tried epilation? What about waxing? Let me know in the comments below!
And, as always, thanks for reading.